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SaaS vs PaaS vs Iaas vs Daas – What in the Cloud is Going On?

Cloud computing sounds far more complex than it truly is – especially when you introduce all these abbreviations. Understanding the technical jargon is around 30% of becoming a successful business person. As such, studying up never hurts, particularly when dealing with technological buzzwords. Let us break it down for you in an informative and engaging way.

Cloud Computing is In-Demand

Cloud computing refers to any computing process which involves sending and receiving information to another location. The term usually refers to data storage but at a base level, everything from emailing to hosted servers involves sending data to and from machines in different locations. You can read more about the specifics of cloud computing in our previous article.

Since everyone who works through the internet is interacting with the cloud, those with cloud computing skills are in high demand. Should you be choosing a new career path, cloud computing jobs can earn you upwards of £80,000 as a cloud computing architect if you live in a busy area. Before you get to the illustrious title of architect, however, you have to start with the basics. One of those basics is knowing what the abbreviations mean.

SaaS vs PaaS vs Iaas vs Daas

Firstly, understanding the “aaS” part is half the battle. “aaS” means “as a Service.” Now let’s learn about the S, P, I and D.

What is SaaS?

SaaS stands for “Software as a Service.” This type of cloud service allows you to interact with specific software programs through the magic of the internet. Microsoft 365 is SaaS, Candy Crush is SaaS, Google offers SaaS through SERPs. Some companies sell goods and some sell software services. It takes all sorts to make a world.

What is PaaS?

PaaS stands for “Platform as a Service.” This service lets your IT provider to develop a single platform ideal tailored to your business. A platform is an online area reserved for you, sort of like an online podium where you have a ‘platform’ to build what you want to create online. Developers create these platforms using network, operating systems, and hardware combinations to instigate a viable strategy for whatever their needs may be. Your platform could sell dog food or even be a single social media account.

What is IaaS?

IaaS stands for “Infrastructure as a Service.” This service allows IT support service providers to build your online architecture which will structure your platforms better. An architect builds the bare bones of cloud services to allow your company to create an efficient, successful online space.

What is DaaS?

DaaS stands for “Desktop as a Service.” This service allows a technician to access your desktop remotely. Why would you do this? Companies outsource IT to tech firms. These firms don’t spend every day travelling back and forth to fix Janice from HR’s PC every day because she didn’t switch it on – no. Instead, they give you a piece of companywide software which allows them to fix software issues from behind their cosy desks hundreds of miles away.

Cloud Computing Makes business Easier.

If Cloud computing is not making your business easier, you must not be doing it right. You are probably even using it already without knowing. It doesn’t end there, either. Join us next time when we will cover FaaS and DBaaS.

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